Test cricket returns to Wankhede after emotional Sachin Tendulkar farewell

first_imgIndia are gearing up to face England in the fourth Test at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai with the comfort of a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Virat Kohli and his boys will be aiming for nothing less than a win which would see them clinch the series and equal India’s longest unbeaten streak (17 matches without a defeat) in Tests. (India aim to extend winning run in fourth Test vs England)Team India have everything going for them at the moment but they will be aware of their dismal record against England at the Wankhede. The last time India defeated England at this venue was way back in February 1993. In the two matches since (2006 and 2012), England has been the emphatic winner, by 212 runs and 10 wickets respectively. England are the only visiting team to have won more than one Test at the Wankhede. (Kohli, Pujara approaching key milestones)Back in 2012, India had the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh in their team but even then they were outplayed and outclassed by a magnificent century from Kevin Pietersen first and then spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann bamboozled their famed batting lineup. (Rahane ruled out of remaining two Tests vs England)None of the above mentioned stars are around now and this Indian team under captain Kohli has a completely new look to it. India will be playing its first Test at the Wankhede without Tendulkar ever since he made his debut in 1989. (Lokesh Rahul to open the innings: Kohli)(BCCI Photo)advertisementTendulkar bowed out of international cricket in an emotional farewell Test at this very ground in 2013. The Little Master’s 200th Test saw India defeating the West Indies by an innings and 126 runs with Pragyan Ojha finishing with 10 wickets in the match. Cheteshwar Pujara (113) and Rohit Sharma (111*) made superb hundreds but it was Tendulkar’s 74, his final Test innings, which overshadowed all other contributions.His innings was laced with the trademark straight drive, the cut, the pull and the on-drive as the capacity crowd chanted ‘Sachin, Sachin!’ throughout his stay at the crease. Tendulkar’s speech at the end of the match was even more special as the legend bowed out with a bang in front of his home crowd and with more than a billion people watching on television.(BCCI Photo)History beckons for India once again as they aim to clinch their fifth Test series win in succession. Only once in 84 years has an Indian team achieved that. Between 2008 and 2010, under skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, India defeated Australia at home, England at home, New Zealand in their own den, Sri Lanka at home and Bangladesh in Bangladesh.But if there’s one thing which history has taught India is that it must not take an out-of-form England side for granted and be complacent. Their last victory over England in a five-match series came way back in 1972-73, when captain Ajit Wadekar lead the Indian team to a 2-1 victory. The final Test of that series was played at Wankhede where the visitors almost managed to pull off a miracle and level the series.Wankhede will once again be in focus from Thursday with five gruelling days of Test cricket and a slow turner awaiting both the teams. Both sides have been hampered by injuries to its key players and with the toss playing a crucial role in the series so far, it will be anybody’s game in Mumbai.last_img read more

Keaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debut

first_imgKeaton Jennings became the 19th Englishman to score a hundred on Test debut in the fourth match of the five-Test series against India at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium today. (Live Scorecard)Jennings, the son of South African former wicketkeeper and coach Ray, arrived in India only on Monday after being called up from the England Lions squad in the United Arab Emirates.Ray was also coach of the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore.After Cook won the toss and opted to bat, the 24-year-old Jennings survived some nervous moments at the start but grew in confidence as he spent time at the crease.He was dropped by Karun Nair at gully off paceman Umesh Yadav before he had opened his scoring while India also wasted a review after Jennings was given not out to an appeal for leg before off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who came into the side for the injured Mohammed Shami.Before the match, Cook had promised a more positive approach from his batsmen and it reflected during England’s opening stand of 99.Jennings, 24, was Alastair Cook’s 11th opening partner since Andrew Strauss’ retirement. The tourists, irrespective of what happens in this Test, would be happy to have found two solid young batsmen for the future. Hameed had scored a gritty 82 on debut in Rajkot and a gutsy fifty in Mohali.The left-handed rookie had amassed 1548 runs in county cricket including seven hundreds, the most by any player this season. Jennings repaid the faith by becoming the first England Test debut centurion since Jonathan Trott in 2009. Incidentally, Jennings was dropped even before he had got off the mark this morning.advertisementTwo other players in recent memory, Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook had scored hundreds on Test debut and went on to have great careers. Who knows how far Jennings might go from here? He certainly has the makings of a superb player.last_img read more

Vidal completes €8.5m return to Sevilla

first_imgAleix Vidal has completed his return to Sevilla from Barcelona, with the deal worth €8.5 million (£8m/$10m) and a further €2m in variables.The 28-year-old headed back to his native Catalunya in 2015 after one productive season at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.A transfer embargo at Camp Nou delayed his debut, while he then faced fierce competition for places. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! After taking in 51 outings for Barca, Vidal has now decided to take in a second spell with Sevilla.A statement released on Barca’s official website read: “FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Aleix Vidal. Sevilla FC will pay FC Barcelona 8.5 million euros, plus 2m in variables.“FC Barcelona expresses its gratitude to Aleix Vidal for his commitment and dedication and wishes him every success in the future.“The player from Puigpelat ends his time at Barca after three seasons, from 2015/16 to 2017/18, and returns to the club he was signed from.”While Vidal struggled for regular starts throughout his time at Camp Nou, he did collect a healthy haul of major honours.In total, he formed part of eight trophy triumphs at Barca.As a result, his CV now includes two La Liga titles, three Copas del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup, a Club World Cup and a European Super Cup.Vidal had already tasted Europa League success with Sevilla in the past so will be hoping for more of the same after returning to Andalusia.last_img read more

BHIM-Aadhaar Pay app will boost honesty in income tax payment:

first_imgPrasadNagpur, Apr 14 (PTI) The BHIM-Aadhaar Pay mobile application launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi will boost “transparency and honesty” in payment of income tax in the country, Union Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here today.”The essence and the idea behind the Prime Ministers Digital India initiative is that if we send Rs 100 from Delhi, then it must fully reach to the poor beneficiary. That is the reason some 28 crore bank accounts have been opened for the poor in the last two years,” said Prasad.He was addressing a programme to mark the culmination of “Digi Dhan Mela” organised by the NITI Aayog at the divisional sports stadium located in Mankapur area.Apart from Modi, Union ministers Nitin Gadkari, Piyush Goyal, Hansraj Ahir, Ramdas Athawle, and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis were present on the dais.Modi today paid tribute to B R Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi here, where the Dalit icon had embraced Buddhism, to mark his 126th birth anniversary.He launched BHIM-Aadhaar mobile application, a biometric-based payment system which will make payment through thumb impression a reality.Prasad said, “as many as 113 crore Aadhaar cards, 108 crore mobile phones, 50 crore internet users, 35 crore smart phones have been connected under Digital India.”He said that 72 mobile manufacturing companies have entered India since Modi government assumed power.”The whlole world is discussing about the Aadhaar initiative of India,” he said.The minister said that the launch of the “BHIM-Aadhaar Pay” app will boost transparency and honesty in payment of income tax. “It will also help in making the Indian Army as well as Indian roads the strongest in the world,” he said.advertisementOn the occasion, Prasad announced a 20,000 square metre “Incubation centre” in Nagpur for making it “new IT centre of the country.”Addressing the gathering, Union Highways Minsiter Nitin Gadkari termed the Digital India initiative “a very big and progressive thinking to fulfill the dreams of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar.””Digital India will provide economic and social justice to the poor and farmers. The Digital India initiative will have a lot of positive impact on various sectors in the country,” he said. PTI CLS NSKlast_img read more

RPS vs GL: Ben Stokes certainly earned his cash, says Steve Smith

first_imgBen Stokes played a special knock against Gujarat Lions on Monday bringing up his maiden Indian Premier League hundred and a crucial one that guided Rising Pune Supergiant to a five-wicket victory.After a top order collapse that saw Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathi and Steve Smith fall with single digit scores and all in span of first two overs, Stokes held the Pune innings and played smart yet aggressive cricket hitting 6 sixes and 7 fours.Steve Smith praised Stokes for his innings and said that he made good use of the wicket.”It wasn’t an ideal start. We have some artillery in the shed. The partnership between MS and Stokes was magnificent; they took it deep. We know we can hit sixes here; one of the easier grounds in India to hit sixes and Stokesy made use of it.”Smith further went on to say that Stokes is a quality player and justified his record price tag of 14.5 crore.”Stokesy is a quality player and he certainly earned his cash. Fantastic player and very proud of him.”Smith also lauded the bowlers for restricting Gujarat to 162.”Great effort from the bowlers to pull it back. One of the balls hit the side of the hoarding, taking a chunk out of it, and the ball started reversing. That made things easier.”Smith hoped that they maintain the momentum and perform similarly ahead in the tournament.”The tournament is about peaking at the right time. Hopefully, it’s not too early. Five or six games in a row here. Hopefully we can keep that up.”advertisementlast_img read more

KXIP vs GL: Sensational Hashim Amla slams second hundred in IPL 2017

first_imgHashim Amla, who has been in fantastic form this season, struck his second hundred of this year’s Indian Premier League as Kings XI Punjab played the Gujarat Lions in Mohali.Amla, known for his classic batting and being more of a player for the Test fold, has been proving his critics wrong as he continues his onslaught in the shortest format of the game.The 34-year-old started off the innings decently and steadied the innings with Shaun Marsh.He reached his fifty off 35 balls by taking a single off the bowling of Ankit Soni in the 12th over and struck a 125-run partnership with Shaun Marsh (58) for the second wicket before the Aussie fell to Dhawal Kulkarni in the 16th over.The classy right-hander continued the good work and upped the ante after the fall of Marsh and finally reached his hundred with a maximum off Basil Thampi from 59 balls.However, he fell in the following ball for 104 after being adjudged leg-before.He hit eight fours and five sixes in his knock of 104.During the innings break, he said that it’s nice to get some runs and the partnership with Marsh was key.   “It is always nice to get some runs. Took a bit of time to adjust, got the partnership going with Shaun Marsh.Definitely, we got the partnership going and that set the tone for us. It’s not an easy wicket to bat. The team is really keen to go to the next round, The most important part is to go the final four,” he said.advertisementWhen asked about his style of play, he said that he prefers playing good cricketing shots.”Everybody is different, everybody has different styles. For me it is about hitting good shots.”He signed off by saying “I just need to say, ‘little red, riding hood’ ” jokingly.Amla had earlier hit an unbeaten 104 off 60 balls against the Mumbai Indians.He now has scored 420 runs from 10 matches, hitting two centuries and two fifties.However, Punjab lost the match by six wickets.last_img read more

Virat Kohli demands ruthlessness from Team India in ICC Champions Trophy

first_imgIndia’s best chances of defending the Champions Trophy title next month will be if they do not burden themselves with the prospect, skipper Virat Kohli said on Wednesday.Kohli was part of the Indian team who trumped hosts England in the 2013 final at Edgbaston, and he said he recalled no creased foreheads in that victorious dressing room.The same carefree attitude has been the hallmark of the Indian team who are currently the number one Test side, and Kohli saw no reason why it would not work in the one-day format.”I think the first challenge is not to think that we are defending the title,” the 28-year-old told reporters ahead of the team’s departure for Britain for the tournament starting on June 1.”When we went there last time, we just wanted to enjoy ourselves as a young unit and we ended up winning the tournament and creating a team which has done so well so far,” he said.”Right now, the mindset is very similar – to go out there and enjoy our cricket, which we’ve done in the past couple of years. In Test cricket, we’ve been able to reach the top with that mindset, (along) with a hunger to win. We want to take it across to all formats.”WATCH FULL VIDEOKohli demanded from his team the kind of “ruthlessness” evident when they won 10 of 13 Tests on home soil last season.India’s batting mainstay also reminded his team that there would be little margin for error in the June 1-18 tournament featuring top eight one-day sides.advertisement”Because the tournament is much shorter (than World Cup) and you got top eight teams in the world, the competitiveness of the tournament is much higher, right from the word go,” he said.”In Champions Trophy, you need to be on top of your game from game one. If not, your chances go down pretty soon. I think that’s the biggest challenge in Champions Trophy.”India, who begin their Group B campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, preferred experience over youth when selecting the squad, which includes former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and limited-overs stalwart Yuvraj Singh. (India look for second successive victory over Pakistan)Kohli predicted significant contributions from both the senior players.”They are so experienced that given the freedom to play their natural game in the middle order, they know better than anyone else how to build an innings, how to take the team out from difficult positions and how to win matches,” he said.”In the last series (against England), they batted freely and enjoyed each other’s company. When two of your greatest players play freely, it gives a lot of confidence to players batting above them.”last_img read more

Arsene Wenger collects record 7th FA Cup as Arsenal F.C. beat Chelsea F.C. in final

first_imgRemoving the record seventh FA Cup winner’s medal from his pocket, Arsene Wenger was gratified and yet apprehensive.”For once I have kept my medal,” said the Arsenal manager, who usually gives them away to staff members. “So that means it’s a special night for me.”And maybe his last night managing an Arsenal team.Even after beating Chelsea 2-1 in the final on Saturday, Wenger indicated he has to stew until Tuesday’s board meeting before discovering whether his 21-year reign will be extended by the record 13-time FA Cup winners.Owner Stan Kroenke told The Associated Press earlier in the season he remained “very high on Arsene.” Unsurprisingly, Wenger is anxious about publicly discussing whether he expects the north London club to offer a new contract.”I don’t think I can answer that question,” Wenger said, “at the moment.”Aaron Ramsey, who scored the winning goal to deny English Premier League champion Chelsea a double, certainly hopes there isn’t change in the dugout.”I’m happy for the manager,” Ramsey said on the Wembley Stadium pitch. “Hopefully he will be here next season.”The fan base certainly seems more divided, with Wenger bemoaning the “very hostile environment” created by some fans demanding his removal.”It’s down to the board members if I am the right man to lead this club further,” the 67-year-old Frenchman said. “It’s not about popularity, it’s about competence.”Perhaps more competent leadership would have cleared up far sooner whether Wenger was staying. Delivering the FA Cup three times in four seasons has papered over some of the cracks as Arsenal have repeatedly come up short in the Premier League and Europe.advertisementThe Gunners were eliminated from the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season in the last 16. And they won’t even be back among Europe’s elite in September after finishing fifth in the Premier League; the lowest finish since Wenger took charge in 1996.”I am convinced we were hurt by the uncertainty about my future with the players,” Wenger said.AP PhotoAnd yet Arsenal still ended the campaign with a cup victory that Wenger puts on a par with his last Premier League success in the unbeaten 2003-04 season.Just as the season reached its climax, Arsenal turned in the type of tenacious display lacking so often, and against a side so commanding in the Premier League in Antonio Conte’s first season in charge.For once, this was a day when so much went right for Wenger, even with a patched-up injury-depleted defense featuring captain Per Mertesacker making his first start in more than a year.”We had outstanding performances,” Wenger said. “We know this team has suffered.”But the season has ended with a run of six victories in May after Wenger adopted the three-man defense that has served Conte so well, until now.”They showed strength and unity,” Wenger said, “and we played spectacular football again.”There was better luck, too.When Alexis Sanchez put the ball in the net after four minutes, it appeared to be initially disallowed because Ramsey was adjudged to be interfering with play while offside. But the decision by Anthony Taylor’s assistant was overturned by the referee.”Ramsey’s interfering,” Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois said. “If he doesn’t run to the ball, I can go out and claim the ball but now because he runs I stop and then Sanchez takes advantage.”And scored his 30th goal of the season.Arsenal even had the luxury of a man advantage from the 68th when Victor Moses received a second yellow card for diving. Somehow, though, Diego Costa managed to equalize in the 76th, bringing down Willian’s lofted ball on his chest and striking past David Ospina.Rather than imploding, Arsenal were back in front within three minutes.On an afternoon when so much bucked the story of the season, double player of the year N’Golo Kante failed to track Ramsey, who was left unmarked to meet Olivier Giroud’s dinked pass back.”It’s been an up and down season,” Ramsey said, “but to finish it with an FA Cup has to be a successful season.”But it is the losers who still head in the offseason the most buoyant. Revitalized after the 10th-place league finish in 2016, Chelsea lifted the biggest prize in English football last week after winning 30 of the 38 games.”Maybe now we’re a bit sad, but we shouldn’t forget the amazing season we’ve had being (Premier League) champions,” Courtois said. “A lot of teams are waiting to be champions for very long, including Arsenal.”advertisementInstead, the FA Cup is the consolation prize again for Arsenal and Wenger.last_img read more

India facing problem of plenty at top before Colombo Test

first_imgIndia’s clinical performance in thrashing Sri Lanka in the first test in Galle has left captain Virat Kohli facing a problem of plenty at the top of the batting order for the second match of the series this week.The touring side, ranked number one in the world, defeated Sri Lanka by 304 runs inside four days to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.While Shikhar Dhawan put India in the driver’s seat on the opening day with a sparkling 190 off just 168 deliveries, it was his opening partner Abhinav Mukund’s turn to shine in the second innings with an 81.Dhawan and Mukund, however, were India’s second-choice pairing, with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul unavailable.Dhawan only came into the squad as a replacement for the injured Vijay, while Rahul was forced to miss the first test due to a viral fever.With Rahul having recovered and ready to re-claim his spot, team management are left with a difficult choice before the Colombo test which starts on Thursday.”Yes, it’s a very tricky situation,” Kohli told reporters.”(And) we’ve got a fourth guy who’s a regular opener for India who’s not fit (Vijay). We’ve got all four openers firing now.”Shikhar was supposed to go (home) to Melbourne, now he’s got a 190 in Galle. So, anything can happen in life.”India piled on 600 in their first innings and then declared their second innings closed on 240 for three. Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli also got hundreds as the touring side dominated the match on all four days.advertisementKohli said he hoped whoever missed out would understand.”It’s a massive headache but I guess a good one. You know, eventually guys understand that only two can take the field and at most two or three openers make the squad,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”It’s going to be tough but it’s something that any day you’d like to be in this situation rather than having guys that are not scoring.”last_img read more

Sports stars to raise funds for children with cancer

first_imgKolkata, Oct 26 (PTI) Sports stars Sourav Ganguly, Jhulan Goswami, Mithali Raj, Leander Paes and Virat Kohli, along with legends Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri, will come together in November to raise funds for underprivileged children battling cancer at the Tata Medical Center here.The state-of-the-art cancer care centre will host Legends for Hope on November 18 in association with Calcutta Cricket and Football Club (CC&FC), a statement said here today.”The completion of the much-needed expansion of the hospital will bring hope to so many in their battle against cancer. We urge supporters to join us in our efforts to lend a compassionate hand to underprivileged people suffering from this disease,” Tata Medical director (donor relations) Geeta Gopalakrishnan said.A musical evening would also be organized on this occasion and cricket icons C.D. Gopinath and Madhav Apte are expected to attend the programme, the statement said.”In celebrating 225 years of cricket in India, we as a club, are proud to be associated with Tata Medical Center. Being a cancer survivor myself, I cannot thank Tata Medical Center enough for all the efforts they make towards providing care and treatment to cancer patients,” CC&FC president and former cricketer Arun Lal said. PTI BSM RMSlast_img read more

You are my idol, Cristiano Ronaldo’s son tells Lionel Messi

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the biggest rivals in modern football. The Portuguese and Real Madrid superstar on Thursday night pipped Messi to win the Ballon d’Or award as best player of the year for a record-equalling fifth time. Ronaldo’s fifth Ballon D’Or win draws him level with Messi.Ronaldo won the trophy awarded by France Football magazine at a ceremony held at the Eiffel Tower on Thursday. He finished ahead of contenders Messi and Neymar, who left Barcelona in the offseason to join Paris Saint-Germain for a world record transfer fee of 222 million Euros ($262 million).The 32-year-old Portugal forward also took home the Ballon d’Or prize in 2013 and 2014, and in 2008 when playing for Manchester United. Messi won it from 2009-12 and again in 2015.However, the Real Madrid star striker’s son Ronaldo Jr, believe it or not, has found his idol in Barcelona superstar Messi. Ronaldo Jr met Messi at the award ceremony in Paris and the two shook hands. The kid later posted a photo on his Instagram account and captioned it, “Thank you my idol, Leo Messi”.The on-field rivalry will continue to grow in the coming years as the duo will battle it out for best player award every year by outdoing each other in terms of scoring goals and winning leagues and championships for their respective clubs.”With Messi the fight continues, in a good way,” Ronaldo said after being presented the trophy.advertisementThe two great players are not friends on or off the field but when they meet, at award ceremonies like these, they greet each other with respect.”I don’t know if we will be (friends). Friendship is built through spending time together and getting to know each other. We have no relationship, mainly because we only see each other at awards ceremonies and that’s the only time we speak. Everything is fine, but our lives don’t cross over very often,” Messi was quoted as saying by Marca last month.last_img read more

Mets’ deGrom Outduels SF’s Peavy

first_imgNEW YORK — Jake Peavy took little solace in knowing he had a perfect game going into the seventh inning — especially after the night ended with another loss.Peavy was outpitched by Jacob deGrom in a tantalizing hitless duel that carried into the seventh inning Saturday before the New York Mets broke loose and beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2.“There are a lot of positives. I had really good command, threw the ball mostly where I want to,” Peavy said. “But it is just hard to dwell on that right now with your team losing the game.”Pablo Sandoval doubled off deGrom with two outs in the top of the seventh for the game’s first hit.Peavy (1-11) was perfect until Daniel Murphy hit a one-out double into the bottom of the seventh on a ball that left fielder Michael Morse misjudged.The Mets went on to score four runs to back deGrom (6-5), and hand Peavy a defeat in his 11th straight decision, a streak that started with Boston.Peavy had never taken a no-hit try past 5 1-3 innings, but the 2007 NL Cy Young Award winner was dealing in his second start for San Francisco. He allowed four runs and four hits in seven innings.This was the second time this season that a game didn’t have any hits until there were two outs in the top of the seventh inning. Milwaukee’s Matt Garza and Atlanta’s Aaron Harang each had their no-hit bids broken up in the seventh on April 2.Murphy’s double came soon after there was a brief delay when Sandoval ran into the third-base railing chasing a foul ball.Morse took his first step in on Murphy’s line drive and couldn’t recover, setting off the Mets’ four-run inning. Travis d’Arnaud had a sacrifice fly, Juan Lagares hit an RBI single and Wilmer Flores added a two-run double.“I was playing shallow in, and he hit it pretty good, it just kept going away towards the line,” Morse said.In a scoreless game, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy never considered replacing Morse in left field. “You hate to take out one of your big bats in the seventh in a tie game, never know what is going to happen,” Bochy said.Both deGrom and Peavy got some help in keeping the bases clear until Brandon Belt walked with two outs in the fifth.The Mets backed their starter with fine glovework, while Peavy benefited from a replay call. DeGrom, batting eighth in the Mets’ lineup was initially safe for an infield hit in the third, but was the ruling was reversed.DeGrom was pulled with one out in the eighth following pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa’s two-run single. In a career-high 7 1-3 innings, the lanky 26-year-old allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out seven in his 15th career start.“I knew it at the fifth inning so it was kind of a mental battle,” deGrom said of the dual no-hitters, “but I was sticking to the plan we had and I was going right after the guys.”Jenrry Mejia put runners on the corners in the ninth but got former St. John’s star Joe Panik to ground out for his 16th save.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Vikings Reinstate Kid Abuser Peterson

first_imgEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Adrian Peterson was back at Minnesota Vikings headquarters on Sept. 15, and the first thing fullback Jerome Felton did when he saw his star running back was give him a high-five.While many of Peterson’s teammates welcomed him back and threw their support behind the embattled former MVP, the Vikings also faced plenty of criticism for deciding to let Peterson play while facing charges of child abuse.The Radisson hotel chain suspended its sponsorship deal with the Vikings and former players like Cris Carter and Scott Fujita lined up to question the team’s motives while Peterson insisted that he was not a child abuser.“I understand that this is a very difficult thing to handle,” Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman said. “But we also feel strongly as an organization that this is disciplining a child. Whether it’s an abusive situation or not, or whether he went too far disciplining, we feel very strongly that that is the court’s decision to make, but we also understand the seriousness of abusing children as well.”After deactivating Peterson for the 30-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sept. 14 while they gathered more information on the face of the franchise’s indictment, the Vikings reinstated Peterson and said they expected him to play against the New Orleans Saints next weekend. Peterson is accused of using a wooden switch to spank his 4-year-old son.Peterson didn’t talk to reporters, but did issue a statement through his agency that said he wanted “everyone to understand how sorry I feel about the hurt I have brought to my child.”“I am not a perfect son. I am not a perfect husband. I am not a perfect parent, but I am, without a doubt, not a child abuser,” Peterson said in a nearly 500-word statement. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury.“No one can understand the hurt that I feel for my son and for the harm I caused him. My goal is always to teach my son right from wrong and that’s what I tried to do that day.”Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf made the decision after consulting with Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer and the players who were available to the media lined up to support it.“We’ve just got to stick together. That’s how the best teams win games and that’s how the best teams grow as a team and (build) team chemistry,” defensive end Everson Griffen said. “The best thing we can do right now is support the Minnesota Vikings, support the decisions that they made to reinstate Adrian Peterson and fully support Adrian. ”Radisson is the first company to back away from a sponsorship deal since the league has been facing criticism over its handling of domestic violence cases.Radisson’s sponsorship includes a press banner that is behind those speaking at Vikings news conferences. The banner was behind Spielman as he discussed the team’s decision to reinstate Peterson.Peterson faces a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, which carries penalties of up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. His initial court appearance in Conroe, Texas, near Houston, was scheduled for Oct. 8.“I accept the fact that people feel very strongly about this issue and what they think about my conduct,” Peterson said. “Regardless of what others think, however, I love my son very much and I will continue to try to become a better father and person.”Corporal punishment is legal in Texas and non-deadly force against a child by a parent or guardian is permissible. But the punishment is abusive if it causes injury.A blow that leaves a bruise, welt or swelling, or requires medical attention, could be judged abusive. The guidelines also say use of an instrument “is cause for concern.”“If anyone in your family, if someone does something you disagree with, you’re still going to love them,” backup quarterback Christian Ponder said. “We love Adrian. We’re here to support him through everything that is going on. I’m not going to comment on whether I agree or disagree with what happened. That’s his decision as a father, and he may or may not pay the penalty as he goes through what he’s going through down in Texas.”Spielman said the Vikings have seen files the authorities have built on Peterson’s case, including some photos of the injuries the boy sustained.“The photos are disturbing. I understand that,” Spielman said. “But to be clear, any matter that’s involving the child is very important for this organization. But we also think it is right for him to go through the process legally.”The Vikings clearly see Peterson’s case as different from the 2011 case involving former cornerback Chris Cook, who was accused of choking his girlfriend and charged with domestic assault. Cook was suspended by the team, reinstated with pay and then barred from all team activities, including games, while the legal process unfolded.Cook wound up missing 10 games and was eventually acquitted. He never faced discipline from the NFL and played two more seasons with the Vikings before signing with the 49ers.The Vikings also cut cornerback A.J. Jefferson last year, less than a day after he was arrested for domestic assault. In 2012, the Vikings cut practice squad running back Caleb King hours after he was released from jail after allegedly inflicting serious harm on another man in a fight.“Why are due process rights only reserved for the privileged (and) for those at the top of the roster?” Fujita tweeted.But Spielman steadfastly denied the team’s decision on Peterson had anything to do with his status as one of the best players in the league and his ability to help the team win.“It has nothing to do with him as a football player,” Spielman said. “It’s based purely on the facts that we have that have been presented to us.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Greece Wins Gold in Women’s Beach Handball World Championships

first_imgGreece’s national team beat rivals Norway in the final of the 2018 women’s beach handball world championships held in Kazan, Russia on Sunday, to win its first-ever world championship title. Greece prevailed with a score of 2-1 (18-14, 15-24, 5-2) to climb to the top of the rankings and win the gold.This means that Greece, which participated in a world championship tournament for the first time, will automatically qualify for the World Games to be held in the summer of 2019 in San Diego, United States.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Intel takes another step into the Arduino world

first_img “Things are getting so compact nowadays. I have an old soldering iron. I am seriously thinking about getting a real soldering station. Maybe one of these recommended here… http://www.whichsolderingstation.com “ The Arduino began life as a simple and inexpensive 8-bit microcontroller teaching tool. In the intervening decade plus, it’s grown into a diverse platform that has revolutionized the microcontroller education and hobby worlds. Recent, more powerful additions to the Arduino family have added 16 and 32 bit processors and have brought the Arduino into commercial development as a rapid prototyping platform.One of the latest entrants to the world of high-performance Arduino compatibility is the Edison, from Intel. The Edison has a dual-core 500 MHZ Intel Atom processor, with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It comes with 1GB of RAM, 4GB of eMMC internal storage, and a USB 2.0 OTG controller (but not the connector).I’ve designed a fair number of PC boards with an Arduino-compatible heart. The 8-bitters, Atmega32u4 and Atmega328P, are really easy to use, but limited in power. I’ve started using the 32-bit ChipKIT design, with a Microchip PIC32MX340-512E, which is much more capable, and not a whole lot more difficult to design in. Still, I want more power, which sent me toward the Edison.The Edison is set up to be Arduino software compatible. It also runs a pre-loaded Linux distribution. You can load Arduino code into it through the Arduino IDE, or you can load code through the Linux side, just like you would with any other embedded Linux distribution. When combined with the right add-on cards, this flexibility makes for a real quick initial bring-up, as well as the capability to do some real work.The basic module can’t be used stand-alone. It’s designed to be plugged onto a motherboard, or as one board in a stack. All of the I/O and power connectors come out to a high-density 70-pin board to board connector, so the device needs at least one add-on board for power and any wired I/O. Multiple boards can be stacked to add just about whatever peripherals might be wanted.I recently purchased an Edison module with the intent of designing something around it. I also purchased a Sparkfun “Base block” daughter board, with USB connectors for the console and USB OTG. The whole stack can be powered through the USB ports, so this minimum configuration will allow me to get to know the software end of things while my board is in design and being built.I use I2C a fair amount, so my first design is an add-on board that will have 3.3 volt I2C, 5 volt I2C, and a micro SD card receptacle. The Edison runs natively at 1.8 volts, so it requires line level converters for just about everything. My board will have three; one for each of the I2C interfaces, and one for the uSD card.Unfortunately, one of the first things I did with the Edison was break the board to board connector on the base block. I wouldn’t recommend doing the same thing. The connector is a somewhat fragile 70 pin, 0.4 mm-pitch Hirose board to board connector. I hit it with the nut driver when I was fastening the two boards together.It’s too small for me to do anything with, but fortunately, the folks I work with at Screaming Circuits, my day job, can easily replace it for me. 0.4mm pitch high density connectors are really getting beyond the hand soldering capabilities of all but the most masochistic folks. (We apparently have some of those people in our rework department – a definite advantages of working in a place that specializes in this kind of work.)Sparkfun made their Edison boards open source, and put the design files on the product pages of their website for download. Github, where most people place their design files, is nice, but I like having a direct download of the files in the same place I buy the board. Their EagleCAD files gave me a point of departure, with the board sized to match those at Sparkfun, and the high density connectors already placed and routed out. From there, I added the microSD socket, line level converters, and two connectors for I2C.I’m using a Texas Instruments TBX0108, 8-bit converter for the microSD card, and a pair of PCA9306 open drain 2-bit converters, also from Ti, for the 5 volt and 3.3 volt I2C interfaces. It wasn’t that long ago when line-level converters were somewhat of a rarity in the microcontroller world. Now, with higher performance systems like the Edison, at 1.8 volts, converters are standard-fare.As you can see in the layout above, it fits nicely into the Sparkfun-size, 1.2” x 1.75”, form-factor pc board. I chose a 2 mm x 4 mm, 0.4mm pitch DFN package TBX0108 for the micro SD card converter, to give extra clearance around the mounting hole. I used a larger package for the PCA9306 to allow for routing under the part.I’ll write more when I finish the design and get the assembled boards back. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram 2 thoughts on “Intel takes another step into the Arduino world” Continue Reading Previous Benson’s BlocksNext Maximizing visibility through logging, as on Mars Pathfinder July 18, 2016 at 3:53 am August 10, 2016 at 3:54 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply Smith.Elkins says: Johnzw says: Log in to Reply “TMT and smart is trend.”last_img read more

The app-ortunities in connected lighting

first_imgThis is a compelling time to be in the lighting industry for people who like to be on the cutting edge of technology—and I’m not referring to the advancements made in the transition from conventional technologies (incandescent, fluorescent) to light-emitting diodes (LEDs), although those are certainly significant. Lighting is now being equipped with wireless connectivity, enabling a building-wide wireless network infrastructure to be built with lighting fixtures. This new chapter in connectivity could revolutionize how people use and interact with their immediate environment. Imagine being able to book an impromptu meeting in an empty conference room or find the location of equipment carts that are often moved, without having to hunt for them. Connected lighting can make the built environment an active participant in achieving the goals of a space and supporting the people inside them. The key will be the apps that are developed to unlock the potential of this new connected reality.Figure 1. Connected lighting systems create a building-wide wireless network infrastructure and the sensors in the fixtures detect data-rich details about the environment that can be used by apps to transform how people interact with their surroundings. (Source: Eaton) The Connected Infrastructure In the continued transformation of the built environment, equipping spaces with a connectivity infrastructure seems to be the next logical step in the trend of our ever-increasing need to connect people, connect devices, and transfer data. It started with telephone systems that became more and more elaborate as people realized they needed telephone jacks in more places. Then Ethernet networks took over, and, today, almost every wall features not just one, but four or more Ethernet ports, most of which are on PoE. With Wi-Fi and cellular service, people expect to be connected wherever they are and now demand greater access to information and the ability to control their immediate environment.Introducing Connected Lighting The term connected lighting refers to a lighting fixture that features an embedded technology, often a sensor, that detects important system and environmental details and shares that data with systems and people in real time. Connected lighting is the ideal medium to serve as a connected backbone in a building, because of the prevalence of lighting fixtures throughout the interior and exterior space and the fact that the lighting system is constantly powered. People spend most of their day inside a building or a home, standing directly under or nearby a lighting fixture. With connected lighting, even if the light is off, the fixture is connected.The Value of Connected Lighting The goal, however, is not to have a building full of technology. The goal is to have a building that delivers incredible value to the owners and occupants of the space through the use and application of the technology with which it is equipped.The information that can be produced by these connected lighting systems assists in the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the lighting system, and provides insights that advance and inform conversations about things outside of the lighting system.  Data gleaned from connected lighting systems enable facilities managers and owners to make better decisions about how the building is being used, create more accurate forecasts about upcoming operational expenses, and identify opportunities for improvements. Building occupants will get information that will help them to make better use of building resources or improve productivity.A recent survey, conducted by the Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), identified the most attractive advantages of incorporating connectivity into a building as the ability to improve financial planning and to further reduce energy consumption. Connected lighting systems support financial planning activities by providing building data that can be used to create more accurate financial projections and cost analysis. The data generated through connected lighting systems can also provide a better snapshot of how the system is performing and identify opportunities to optimize it, saving energy. But that value description seems to just scratch the surface of what these connected lighting systems can ultimately provide. As we saw with the smartphones, it will be the apps that unlock the real potential of a connected environment.Make Way for the Apps Through connected lighting systems, apps will have access to incredible data about the built environment provided in real time. The powerful, and constantly powered, sensors in the lighting fixtures are equipped with a wireless radio that enables them to communicate over the system’s wireless network without interruption. The type of information that can be detected through the advanced sensing technology in the light fixtures is almost limitless: occupancy, air temperature, traffic patterns, and a whole host of other sensory inputs.Figure 2. Apps to maintain a lighting system, optimize space usage, and track equipment in real time have already been developed using data provided by connected lighting systems. (Source: Eaton) Some connected lighting sensors also feature advanced embedded systems such as Bluetooth chipsets.  With BLE on board, the system offers personal area networks that support real-time location services (RTLS) used for asset tracking and wayfinding. With the right apps, this information can be transformed into powerful tools that will support the financial planning and energy savings needs already identified and enable people to use building resources better, improve productivity and even create customized experiences.Some apps have already been created to use the data from a connected lighting system to provide information and insight that improves the way people live and work. The focus of these existing apps ranges from lighting system management to space utilization and asset tracking.Energy Manager App The energy management app includes the tools to configure, manage and maintain the lighting system.  Most lighting systems have this down pat, so the value of a connected system lies in the ability to manage and maintain entire buildings, campuses, and even a global property portfolio.  Expected features, like sending text messages when maintenance is needed or creating reports of the energy savings generated by the system need to be there, but having the ability to review that data, and make tweaks to save even more energy over time are compelling reasons to have a connected lighting system.Space Utilization App This app leverages the standard occupancy data to analyze patterns and presents it in a simple floorplan graphic. Facility managers can identify interior and exterior space that is being overused or underutilized and adjust as needed. The continued monitoring of the space will enable them to see the success of the reorganizing efforts and inform them when spaces could be used more effectively in the future.Asset Tracking App The BLE beacons in the sensors combined with indoor positioning system (IPS) apps recognize and track the movement of data tags attached to objects. The asset tracking app uses the locational data provided by the sensors in the lighting system to pinpoint the whereabouts of any tagged item, making it easy to find, regardless of where it has been left. This type of app has tremendous value in a number of spaces, especially healthcare, where nurses spend a considerable amount of time locating misplaced carts and equipment.  Used another way, a user’s mobile device with an IPS app can help guide the way through busy airports, maze-like museums, and even help make brick and mortar shopping easier.At this point in time, connected lighting is offering unprecedented access to and data-rich detail about the built environment. The apps that designers and developers will create to use this information in meaningful and valuable ways will change the way that people interact with and manage buildings and places. The app-ortunities are endless.Joe Bokelman is a self-professed tech geek who has worked in the lighting industry for over three decades. Once Joe bought his own Commodore VIC20 and Datasette tape drive in 1980, he was hooked on having the latest and greatest technology. He is currently experimenting on a Raspberry Pi system with his 8-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. In the lighting world, his diverse experience includes lighting design, sales, product development and marketing roles, offering him a unique perspective on today’s industry trends. As a marketing manager in Eaton’s Lighting Division, Joe is focused on embedded wireless and sensing technology and unique applications for cutting-edge lighting systems.  Joe is an active member of many professional organizations, including the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), where he is the chairperson of the Control Protocols committee, and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).  Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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BMW launches diesel variant of 6 Series Gran Turismo model

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 21 (PTI) German luxury car maker BMW today launched the diesel variant of its 6 Series Gran Turismo model in India with price starting at Rs 66.5 lakh. The locally produced, BMW 630d Gran Turismo diesel is available in two design schemes — Luxury Line and M Sport — and will be available at dealerships of the company across India from today onwards, the company said in a statement. While the BMW 630d Gran Turismo Luxury Line is priced at Rs 66.5 lakh, the BMW 630d Gran Turismo M Sport is tagged at Rs 73.7 lakh (ex-showroom), it added. The new variant is powered by a 3-litre six-cylinder diesel engine with 265 horse power and the car is capable of accelerating from 0-100 km/hr in 6.1 seconds, it said. BMW Group India President Vikram Pawah said with the diesel variant broaden the range of choices for the company’s customers. The model is equipped with safety features such as anti-lock braking system with brake assist, dynamic stability control, including dynamic traction control, hill descent control and side-impact protection among others. PTI RKL ANS ANSlast_img read more